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Necrolust/Mountain Of Madness/Art Inferna/2021 EP Review

mardi 14 septembre 2021 à 02:50

 


  Italy's  Necrolust  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  occult  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Mountain  Of  Madness"  which  was  released  by  Art  Inferna.


  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  lo-fi  atmosphere.  Vocals  are  mostly  demonic  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the   songs  are  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  old  school  style  while  the  keyboards  when  they  are utilized  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  horror  movie  atmosphere.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  some  fast  and  raw  tremolo  picking.


  On  this  recording  Necrolust  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  black  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  Sumerian  Mythology,  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Necrolust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,   you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Embrace  Of  Death"  and  "Sumerian  Rage".  8  out  of  10.


https://artinfera.bandcamp.com/album/mountain-of-madness-ep  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/necrolustmountain-of-madnessart.html


Crystal Coffin Interview

lundi 13 septembre 2021 à 05:51

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Crystal Coffin began in 2017 after two Vancouver bands, Destroy All and Caskets, ended. The three of us that comprise Crystal Coffin, Aron Shute, Lenkyn Ostapovich, and Rob Poirier, share a love for Wetton-era King Crimson, second wave Black Metal, and the haunting synth work of Fabio Frizzi/Italian horror cinema and wanted to see what could come from this new combination. The group began practicing and writing out of extended jams and over the next 2.5 years would write music that would end up on a 5-song demo and then later fully form our debut release, The Transformation Room, in March 2020. The debut album's content puzzled together some of the eastern European atrocities that led into the Second World War while creating its own mythology whereby a level of earthly suffering readies its players for the realm of the infinite. In late Spring 2020, with the global pandemic taking full grip soon after the release of the our first album, much of the follow-up was written during multiple lockdowns in western Canada and used the content from the first album, both musically and lyrically, as a jumping off point for inspiration. The Starway Eternal again paints a picture of suffering but this time one rooted in science fiction with the historical elements of the Reactor 4 meltdown of Chernobyl in 1986 acting as a backdrop. Through the black-inspired playing and doom-laden riffs, we always try to maintain an element of melody, intensity, and approachability in our brand of playing. 


2.In October you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous full length and demo?

The Starway Eternal shows a band gaining confidence. There is a heightened sense of confidence in the vocal delivery, in the dense layers of songwriting, and in the focus of the storytelling. By the time we had completed recording our first album, we had a pretty good sense of which tracks were working more naturally within a developing style versus others that maybe didn't feel so much like ourselves. The songwriting for the second album happened a lot quicker and, because of that, there is probably a better sense of compatibility between the tracks. The music itself is more traditionally black and uptempo from beginning to end with only a few spots here and there for doom breaks or interludes. We've also added many more layers of synth but have tried to keep their placements logical rather than to overwhelm the listen with them. We feel that it's a much more intense listen than the first album for sure.


3.The lyrics on the new album cover the historical realities of the Chernobyl power plant meltdown of 1986, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I think that as a group we've always appreciated ambitious albums from artists that try to tell a story with their music and lyrics and so we've continually tried to pick something in world history from over the past 100-150 years to tether the themes that we explore. With the first album, it was the forced famine (Holodomor) during the 1930s in the Soviet Union that allowed us to combine images, descriptions, and words about a finite period in time to create a poetry that deals with our own individual mortality and placement within a supposed infinite. A lyric such as "...awake in grave, remember life, I am alone and dark where once was light." can resonate with nearly everyone as it's imbued with a darkness, sadness, weight, and regret that we all feel from time-to-time and conjures an image of a body beyond the physical realm sitting moments after that burial still uncertain of what to do with their [now infinite] existence. Regarding the lyrics on The Starway Eternal, we purposefully wanted to write a more aggressive and unforgiving album from beginning to end. Given our respective ages, we actually all lived through the tragic news of the power plant meltdown in Spring 1986 and had the horrific and confusing images burned into our minds from the TV screens. To me, there is a symbolism that can be pulled from such a catastrophe and applied to individuals: there is a fine line that comes with our ambitions that can work in our favor or ruin us, be it based in addiction, obsession, personal health, finances, war, or disaster, and sometimes the greatest of intentions end up opposite to where your ideals were pushing you to initially. We have a lineage to the people in Eastern Europe/Ukraine and given their decades of political and human struggles they're an example of having an undying spirit in times of unjustified despair. So we pushed these ideas and formed a story that we as fans of science fiction and horror genres would enjoy ourselves and created a central character who, while working at the power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine discovers a portalway into the hidden cosmos. With such an opportunity she begins a search for gods and/or angels - metaphysical beings that might help provide a sense of meaning to our world here below the mythological heavens - beyond time and space. During one such moment in space though, the portalway back to earth is closed during Reactor 4's meltdown and so the only path back to earth is to fall through the hellfire atmosphere. We've taken various historical elements - the nuclear program in Soviet Russia, the story of Vladimir Komarov who tragically burned during re-entry in 1967, the first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the meltdown on April 26th, 1986 - and have posited that through a consistent earthly struggle a higher form of meaning can be ascertained. 


4.The band has also mentioned an interest in history, science fiction and horror, what influence does this have on the musical style that you play? 

Those influences come through via the layers of synths typically which help provide an atmosphere. We've had some references to Hawkwind and so that's a perfect example of something we're striving for: a space sound that is heavy, disorienting, declarative and beautiful! During parts of the song, Console of Horror, there is a balalaika that be heard, so that points to the region and histories that we're leveraging in the aforementioned themes and a lot of the tones used during the synth parts are taken from Fabbio Frizzi or Goblin pieces since those bodies of work have had such a lingering impact on us, both sonically and visually! 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Crystal Coffin'?

We actually started this band with the name 'Butchers' for a while. It was only later during the preparation for recording The Transformation Room that we changed our name. A lyric in our first single from that album, As We Pass, contains "for years I've used crystal coffins to send shepherds away...". Within the context of that song, it's an idea that there remains a visibility within death, but as far as becoming a band name we just thought it had a visual appeal to it along with an alliterative quality that felt like something timeless and curious. 


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The visual nature of this band is important for all of us and so we want to continually build a family of materials that work together in a larger sense while still representing an immediate need for each piece in its moment. I provide all of the illustrative and visual/layout work for Crystal Coffin and so it's relatively easy for us three to chat together and come up with a shortlist of ideas to iterate upon and execute. If you're familiar with our first LP's cover, it's easy to see the shared style of The Starway Eternal's cover. Previously, subjects were being sent down into the earth but now we now have a subject rising into the cosmos; it's a similar idea of "escape" from our world. This passageway is moreso a symbol than an actual reality being committed then and there in the room, but thankfully such lofty visuals have a tendency to lend themselves to such spacey themes. 


7.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

We've been thrilled with the international reach of our first release and with pre-orders/pre-saves for The Starway Eternal so far! I suppose you never know where your music will resonate and so it's been hugely rewarding to have fans develop across Europe, South America, and throughout the US and Canada. The amount of LPs we've had to ship overseas to places in Germany, Denmark, and The Netherlands has been great! We believe that the music represented in the second release is stronger than on the first so hopefully that support will continue to spread.


8.What is going on with 'Koma' these days, which also shares a couple of the same band members?

Koma is currently on hiatus as one of the keys in that group, Kevin Grindon, had to temporarily relocate. They have a really impressive following due to their intense live shows over the years so hopefully once all the guys find themselves together in the same city a similar creative energy can continue!


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Our first two albums treaded upon some pretty lofty images and themes and tried, for better or for worse, to execute those ideas into a seamless thematic tracklisting. These days, when we get together to rehearse and write we are trying to write the best songs we can with less concern for anything beyond that. I expect that over the next 12 months Crystal Coffin will continue to release new music with a few back-to-back EPs. Musically, we will continue to pull the melody out of the aggressive, straightforward black metal stylings and continue to experiment with multiple vocals and layered synths. Also, it's long been a goal to incorporate further percussive elements into our music and soundscapes. 


10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The three of us share a love for King Crimson's numerous iterations, for the aggressive prog/space sounds of Hawkwind, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gong, Magma, and Amon Duul II, and memorable horror soundtracks from the 1970s and 80s. This summer we've enjoyed 'Cascades' by Vancouver brethren Ulvik which is an incredible and emotive listen from beginning to end and recently have had the latest from Wolves In The Throne Room and Full Of Hell on repeat. 


11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We just want to thank everyone, both near and far, who has supported us during such a rough year and a half and hope for everyone's health and safety from here on!


www.crystal-coffin.com
www.facebook.com/Crystal-Coffin-2228111600765172 
www.crystalcoffin.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/crystal-coffin-interview.html


Imperialist/Zenith/Transcending Obscurity Records/2021 CD Review

lundi 13 septembre 2021 à 05:38

 


  Imperialist  are  a  band  from  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  sci-fi  theme form of black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Zenith"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.


  Sci-fi  orientated  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  sci-fi  orientated  sounds  also  make  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Space  and  Science  Fiction  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imperialist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Maw"  "Majesty  Of  The  Void"  and  "Beyond  The  Celestial  Veil".  8  out  of  10.



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/imperialistzenithtranscending-obscurity.html


Besatt/Supreme and True at Night/Witching Hour Productions/2021 CD Review

lundi 13 septembre 2021 à 04:15

 


  Besatt  are  a  band  from  Poland  that h as  been  interviewed  before  by  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very   satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Supreme  and  True  at  Night"  which  was  released  by  Witching  Hour  Productions.


  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  briefly  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Clean  playing  is  also  added  on  one  of  the  tracks  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Anti  Christianity,  Baphomet,  Lilith  and  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Besatt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "There  He  Comes"  "Rex  Satanas"  and  "Brass  Gates".  8  out  of  10.


  Facebook | Bandcamp | Website    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/besattsupreme-and-true-at-nightwitching.html


Langenneet/Aionin soihtu/Misantropia Records/Depressive Illusions Records/2021 Full Length Review

dimanche 12 septembre 2021 à 23:17

 


  Finland's  Langenneet  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  occult  black  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Aionin  soigtu"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Misantropia  and  Depressive  Illusions  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beasts. You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in t he  90's  era.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  some  elements  of  death,  doom,  thrash  and  traditional  metal.


  Ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  on a  couple  of  songs  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  more  modern  influences  at  times  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  the  fallen  angels  mythos  and  the  symbolism  surrounding  them.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Langemeet  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tuhoutuvan  maan  tanssi"  "Tyhjyyden  rikastama  tila"  "Alttari  sydän"  and  "Kutsu liekkeihin".  8  out  of  10.


https://langenneet.bandcamp.com


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOAQud6BIzNlXGTdfS74_Rg


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/langenneetaionin-soihtumisantropia.html